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SACRIFICE

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Twenty-Seven year old Aron Ralston, decided to go hiking in the Bluejohn Canyon in Utah in May of 2003. He was an experienced outdoorsman taking a 13 mile, eight-hour hike. During his hike, he made his way through a narrow part of the sandstone slot. He dislodged an 800-pound chock stone trapping his arm with the drop of the rock. His arm was trapped by the rock for five days, and his food and water rations were getting low. Due to his hiking experience, he knew his chances of surviving were slim if he did not make a move toward resolving the situation.

Aron Ralston decided the only way to set himself free was to amputate his own right hand. So he broke both his radius and ulna and then began to cut the flesh and tendons with the only thing he had access to a multi-tool consisting of a knife, pliers, screwdriver, and a toothpick. Ralston sacrificed his right hand to keep himself from dying with his arm lodged in the boulder. Ralston knew that separating himself from his right hand would result in his best chance for life but would take strength to sacrifice.

Rex Tanner, a ten-year search and rescue veteran and commander of Grand County Search and Rescue said, “To realize that you're going to have to make a large sacrifice to survive, and acting on it—I have to hand it to him. I mean, there are a lot of people that would not have been as strong-minded to be able to pull that off.”

Sometimes people have to make hard choices to survive. –Jim L. Wilson and Kevin C. Hall

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/07/0724_030724_AronRalston.html

1 John 2:15–16 (HCSB) “Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 16 For everything that belongs to the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world.”

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